Still a Dangerous Neighborhood
On the eve of World War II, the poet W. H. Auden wrote: “In the nightmare of the dark / all the dogs of Europe bark, / and the living nations wait, / each sequestered in its hate.” Today, that poem could well be applied to the Mideast, where the nations wait, sequestered in their hate … but not just the Mideast. The dogs are barking in many other places of the world. Let us visit some of those nations where the barking could conceivably escalate into a nuclear catastrophe: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan. The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.